Sit-a-Long with Jundo — What does it mean to commit to the Buddhist path?

What does it mean to commit to the Buddhist path? Each year, our Treeleaf Sangha provides an opportunity for people from around the world to symbolize their commitment to the Buddhist path by joining our Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts) Ceremony.

What does that mean, and what is it to “undertake the Precepts”?

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Well, “to undertake the precepts” means, mostly, to commit to embody the Buddhist Teachings, put them into Practice and make them the foundation of one’s life. Many people are already doing so before they consider Jukai, and so the ceremony stands as a further affirmation of that. One also commits to make, as one can, the Precepts as the guides for one’s life. This too should be something that we do throughout our Practice, and not just limited to any one time or ceremony, and the ceremony itself celebrates and affirms that fact.

If you would like more information on Jukai through our Sangha, please look HERE.

Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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  1. Jigen
    Posted September 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Jukai was / is / will be / has always been a treasure!

  2. Greg
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Thank you Jundo. I am terrified of commitment. I planned to participate in the ceremony, but the closer it got all I could think about was reasons why I should not participate. But I appreciate this talk very much. As always, you have inspired me to look deeply inside myself for reasons why I am so afraid of "belonging." gassho

  3. Chugai
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    I want to sew a rakusu — now can I? that's the tricky part

  4. Seona
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Lovely talk.

    This will be my first Jukai. I am nervous and excited. It took me a long while to get here, but it feels right to do it now. :-)

  5. Don
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing Jukai with us and allowing us to share it with you.

  6. Soen
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I agree with what you say 100 %. A great and gentle and inspiring talk Jundo. Thanks.

  7. solidity
    Posted September 17, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink


  8. Cyril Coombs
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    I really like the analogy to marriage. Making visible what is not visible.



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